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Obama decided not to release Bin Laden photos

>> Wednesday, May 4, 2011



WASHINGTON (KABC) -- A U.S. official said Wednesday that President Barack Obama has decided against releasing photos of Osama Bin Laden's body.

Obama made the decision not to release the photos because of concern about a potential backlash that results in attacks against Americans, an official told ABC News.

According to ABC News, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised the president about concerns at the Pentagon and State Department that releasing a photograph could prompt a backlash against the U.S. for killing Bin Laden where one does not seem to currently exist.

The feeling at the White House is that there are few people, even in the Muslim world, who believe that bin Laden is still alive, and releasing the photo could do more harm than good.

"The only skeptics to bin Laden's death are extremists, and they wouldn't be convinced by a photograph. So the president has to weigh the potential negatives. And there's a tremendous risk of the photo becoming a rallying cry for attacks against U.S. soldiers, government personnel, and Americans in general," one U.S. official said.
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